Joseph Cornell - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips
  • J. Eagels Autumnal – Spring is one of Joseph Cornell’s unique series of works known as “crackalure panels,” each composed of baked ceramic surfaces housed in found frames and produced between 1965 and 1972. Examples of these works are included in important museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Throughout his career, the artist created numerous works for actresses, dancers and celebrities he admired. This work was part of a series he created for Jeanne Eagels, a film actress Cornell met for the first time in the 1920s who immediately made a lasting impression on him. After her premature death in 1929 he continued creating works to commemorate her. Specifically, around 1965, he created more than a dozen works in her name, of which the present work is a remarkable example.

    • Provenance

      The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
      C&M Arts, New York
      Private Collection
      Sotheby’s, New York, November 10, 2004, lot 111
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Cincinnati, Taft Museum of Art, Framing A Century: American Art from the Dicke Collection, 1962–1977, December 1998–February 1999
      New York, C&M Arts, Unknown Cornell Collages, August 2002

Property of an American Collector


J. Eagels Autumnal - Spring

signed, variously inscribed and dated “Joseph Cornell 65” on the reverse
baked painted surface, in artist’s frame (with printed paper collage on the reverse)
16 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (41.9 x 34 cm)
Executed in 1965.

Full Cataloguing

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $47,880

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022